Paperwhite and a Good Read

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Podcast, Read, Tech

Travel is good for the soul.  Getting there is great for books.

My iPad is great for many things that sometimes area  great many distractions from ready, the Kindle Paperwhite is none of those things.  Easy to read in any light, especially the starboard seat of an morning flight north, sun coming through the open window that won’t get closed.  Or if you don’t fly, outside at the table during your lunch break.

At $99.99, wireless sync, backlight for might time reading, light as a paperback but hold thousands of books, it’s a no brainer.

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

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And while you’re at it, pre-order the Grit by Angela Duckworth and stick to it!

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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What No Post Then A Lot Of Post

By ltsolet / On / In Podcast, Stuff, Tech

So I want to apologize for the barrage of post.  I’ve been traveling extensively the last two weeks and while I have a list of things to write about on my editorial calendar, I’m just behind.  So there.  I said.  Not lazy, just busy.

And here’s a taste of what I do on a day to day basis outside of this new blog.  AV Shop Talk with Nate Schneider, a colleague of mine in the field.  He is joined by Brian Cirrisi whom I’ve worked with for almost a decade now and is a well respected and very talented designer.  And while I work mainly on the IT side of this discussion, it’s a great intro to what I do for a living outside of blogging.

And also, if you’re interested in all things AV, subscribe to their Nate’s podcast, AV Shop Talk.

E13 | The Integrated Operating Room

A fascinating peek into the Integrated Operated Room with Brian Cirrisi of Image Stream Medical. Summary: Interview Guest: Brian Cirrisi – Systems Engineering Manager at Image Stream Medical Podcast Release Date: February 25, 2015 Running Time: 51:17 Brief: At AV Shop Talk we love interviewing guests who can help us remember and appreciate just how important our work as AV professionals and systems integrators really is.




A Cure For Silence

By ltsolet / On / In App, Podcast

“Silence is the source of great strength” – Lao Tzu

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” –  Leonardo da Vinci

“Never miss a good chance to shut up” – Will Rogers

Nothing like a road trip to help grant you some silence.  And yes, silence is golden and a whole host of other things that get louder when things are quiet.  Like on a road trip.  Did I already say that?

In a car hurtling down a highway at 70+ miles per hour is just one of the ways for someone to transport themselves from Point A to Point B on a map.  Getting there being more than half the battle.  At first it’s “Where is my coffee.”  Then it’s “How far to the next rest stop?”  Then you’re fidgeting about, pressing every button, moving mirrors, plugging this in, unplugging that.  “Are we there yet?!?”

And then you realize that the handy dandy pocket computational device you use to to take meaningless pictured of your food and post to obscure website location can do other things.  Like play music.  Or better yet, Podcasts!!!

So what to listen to?

Here are a few thing interesting things that I listened to while on a 650 Mile road trip the middle of this week.  I hope you enjoy.


First an app.  It’s a life saver, time saver, socially correct and always there friend.  Based on Google maps but with the goodness of knowing how to combine social with driving.  Waze makes like easy.  I’ve been driving with it for over three years and it’s the best thing since radar detectors.  And you get to turn off those annoying talk radio DJs and listen to some thing better or more annoying (later in the list).

Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App

Waze is the world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.


So with Waze in the foreground, getting me to where I am going all the while letting me know about construction, things on the road, where the next Dunkin Donuts is located, I can concentrate on me.

The Foodist because my relationship with food goes deeper than nachos and cheese and hot wings.

The Unknown Brain for really cool stuff you brain does without you knowing it.  Or perhaps you do but you just don’t know that you do.  Maybe.

Science Friday is fun with science.  I’m especially found of the cheese experiments that are going on now (check the site).  It’s fun, informative and great short form info on topics you’ve always been interested about but did want to look up.

No Such Thing As A Fish is like trivia night with your favorite erudite college buddies but without the hangover and bad breath.  Fun, cheeky and bound to keep you entertained.  Not to mention you might learn something that will become the conversation starter at your next meeting.

TED Radio Hour is an hour of the best of TED.  They pick a topic and you get to here excerpts from the TED archives.  It’s quite often the best hour I spend all week.

Dan Carlin Hardcore History because once I left school and started to read history the way I wanted to read history, I became a fan.  And when I listened to my first episode on history as read by Dan Carlin (Episode 4 – Romancing the Tribes) I found that history is certainly worth a buck a show.

Dan Carlin Common Sense is just like common sense.  It meanders.  It double backs.  It’s frustrating.  It’s illuminating. I don’t always agree.  But I get it.

The Tim Ferriss Show is a journey.  It’s not a sprint.  It’s a favorite for a couple of reasons.  Entertaining and enlightening.  Every episode has something that I like.